The Sneads Lady Pirates traveled to Holmes County last week and had their work cut out for them. They went into battle fully prepared and it paid off with a 3-1 win over the Lady Blue Devils that paved the way for a run at a first ever state championship for Lady Pirate softball.
For this pivotal game, coach Shawn Graham sent his senior ace Marissa Baxter to the circle. Baxter threw 107 pitches with 70 of those for strikes. She allowed one run on eight scattered hits, no walks and struck out two batters through seven innings of work.
It was a slow start offensively with the Pirates going through the lineup without a hit or a walk. In the fourth inning, the jitters were gone and they were down to business. Abby Perkins started things off with a single and moved to second when Baxter helped herself out with a single that put runners at first and second. Michaela Edenfield hit into a fielder’s choice that got Perkins going to third. Kiara Garrett sacrificed runners to second and third before Lacee Glover came through with an RBI single down the left side. A flyout ended the inning but Sneads had drawn first blood and led 1-0.
A leadoff singled by Hannah Stephens started the fifth inning but a double-play ball followed by a groundout resulted in no runs crossing the board. Holmes County knotted it up in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sneads knuckled down and plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Abby Perkins led off with a single but was out on a fielder’s choice by Marissa Baxter. Have no fear of that out for Michaela Edenfield came through with a shot over the centerfield fence to add the game winning runs. A two out singled by Lacee Glover was the only other offense in the sixth.
Hannah Stephens led off with a single and moved to second on a grounder by Taylor Lanphere. A double-play ball ended the inning but the Lady Pirates had enough to secure the win. Although Holmes County threatened in their half of the seventh, the defense knuckled down and shut down the threat.
Sneads left Sunday for their run at a State Championship. The TIMES will update game scores as they are available on our website, TIMES ALERT and Facebook.